River City Writers

WRITE BETTER FICTION!

Write Better Fiction! is a four-week workshop combining instruction, guided writing exercises, group evaluation, and one-on-one sessions with workshop leaders. With a maximum of sixteen participants, Write Better Fiction! is an excellent, intimate opportunity to hone your skills as you begin a novel or write a brand new short story. Each three-hour meeting will focus on one fundamental aspect of writing better fiction through the various components of the workshop. Group evaluations and one-on-one sessions will include more specific and constructive feedback. Each meeting will conclude with an open question period. Join River City Writers for this exciting workshop with two literary veterans.

Write Better Fiction!

**Four 3-hour classes led by Christopher Golden & James A. Moore.
**September 10th, 17th, 24th, and October 1st
**10 AM - 1 PM
**Price: $495
**Deadline to enroll: September 1st. No walk-ins.
**Max enrollment: 10
**Requirements: Must be at least 18 years of age. All participants must send a personal bio plus the opening 1500-3000 words of a new work - novel or novella preferred - by the enrollment deadline. All participants will receive an email packet at least one week prior to our first class containing all of these samples and bios, so the writers can familiarize themselves with one another's work. The bios will allow us to avoid spending too much time on first-day introductions.
**Location: Northern Essex Community College, 100 Elliott Street, Haverhill, MA, 01830. Workshops and seminars will be held in the Technology Building, Room TC213. Visitor parking is adjacent to this building.
**What to bring: writing implements, of course. Notebooks, pens, laptops, or whatever other materials you need to write and take notes. Whatever snacks or drinks you may want for our brief break.


WRITING FOR COMICS AND GRAPHIC NOVELS


In this one-day, three-hour seminar, Christopher Golden will break down a variety of approaches to writing comics and cover the fundamentals of the form. Writing comics requires a different type of storytelling and an entirely different structural discipline from other forms of scripting. Over the past twenty-five years, Golden has written for Dark Horse, Marvel, DC Comics, Boom!, Dynamite, IDW, and many others. With Mike Mignola, he co-created the series Baltimore and Joe Golem: Occult Detective. His graphic novel with Charlaine Harris, Cemetery Girl, hit #1 on the New York Times bestsellers list. This seminar will include not only the fundamentals of the form, but tips and tricks of the trade for any writer interested in creating comics in an always competitive field.

**Sunday, April 9th, 2017 - 10 AM to 1 PM
**Price: $59
**Max enrollment: 32
**Location: Northern Essex Community College, 100 Elliott Street, Haverhill, MA, 01830. Workshops and seminars will be held in the Technology Building, Room TC213. Visitor parking is adjacent to this building.
**What to bring: Notebooks, pens, laptops, or whatever other materials you need to take notes. Whatever snacks or drinks you may want for our brief break.


WORLD BUILDING 101


Whether it's setting up your own fictitious town in New England, laying out the basics for a neighborhood, or building an entire fantasy world just being explored for the first time, a large part of fiction is creating and depicting a realistic landscape, no matter far from normal it might be.

The politics of groups, big and small, and the social strata of your area are only the beginning. Science and technology, magic and the mechanics of sorcery, the coin of the realm versus the barter system and more - building a world is knowing how many details to use and when to say enough is enough. Author James A. Moore explores the different methods of incorporating world building techniques into your fiction to best suit your needs and the needs of your readers.

**Sunday, May 21st, 2017 – 10 AM to 1 PM
**Price: $59
**Max enrollment: 32
**Location: Northern Essex Community College, 100 Elliott Street, Haverhill, MA, 01830. Workshops and seminars will be held in the Technology Building, Room TC213. Visitor parking is adjacent to this building.
**What to bring: Notebooks, pens, laptops, or whatever other materials you need to take notes. Whatever snacks or drinks you may want for our brief break.

 

BUILDING A NOVEL FROM THE GROUND UP

For both fledgling novelists and those who've already completed at least one novel but would like to feel more confident moving forward, this one-day, three-hour seminar will present concrete strategies for thorough story structure, character development, and world-building. Christopher Golden and James A. Moore bring a combined half-century's experience in constructing compelling novels in a wide variety of genres and for many different audiences. Plotters and "pantsers" are equally welcome. Join us for a positive and enthusiastic seminar that will get you moving in the right direction!

**Sunday, June 11th, 2017 - 10 AM to 1 PM
**Price: $59
**Max enrollment: 32
**Location: Northern Essex Community College, 100 Elliott Street, Haverhill, MA, 01830. Workshops and seminars will be held in the Technology Building, Room TC213. Visitor parking is adjacent to this building. .
**What to bring: Notebooks, pens, laptops, or whatever other materials you need to take notes. Whatever snacks or drinks you may want for our brief break.


WRITE BETTER FICTION! $495
WRITING FOR COMICS AND GRAPHIC NOVELS $59
WORLD BUILDING 101 $59
BUILDING A NOVEL FROM THE GROUND UP $59

 

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